Best golfing moments of the year
2016 was another exciting year in golf filled with memorable moments. We take a look at some of the best.
McIlroy vs Reed at the Ryder Cup
This year's Ryder Cup was never more thrilling than when young guns Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed battled it out on the final day.
The best moment came on the eighth hole, when McIlroy sunk a 40-foot monster and taunted the crowd, only for Reed to sink a birdie of his own and return the favour.
The hole was a microcosm of the entire event, with the Europeans doing their best to stay dominant, only for the Americans to return all of their best efforts with interest.
— PGA.COM (@PGAcom) October 2, 2016
— PGA.COM (@PGAcom) October 2, 2016
Dustin Johnson finishes in style
2016 was the year of first-time major winners, with Dustin Johnson one of the men finally getting his big win.
In contrast to many of his previous major finishes, the American was rock solid on the final day of the US Open, despite the ruling controversy that dogged him throughout his closing round.
His approach shot into Oakmont’s par-4 18th was as good as any shot he played, and had the added bonus of making his victory absolutely secure, penalty stroke or not.
My favorite shot of 2016 pic.twitter.com/KVlO755WVc
— Michael Shamburger (@mshamburger1) December 21, 2016
Spieth collapses at Augusta
Jordan Spieth had seemed almost invincible on a golf course until his epic Masters collapse in the final round at Augusta this year.
The young American had absolutely dominated golf in 2015, and looked on course for more of the same in the first major of the year.
But his challenge would totally unravel at the short 12th hole, a quadruple-bogey seven killing off any chance he had of defending his crown.
It was breathtaking in its own way, as the golfing gods came to collect their due.
A Ryder Cup fan upstages the big guns
Back to the Ryder Cup, and who can forget when Rory McIlroy and the Europeans challenged a heckling fan to try and make a putt they had just missed.
The fan accepted the challenge – and promptly sunk the putt to experience his own little taste of Ryder Cup glory.
The Ryder Cup hadn't even started yet, but in many ways the Americans had already drawn first blood.
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) September 29, 2016
Rose wins on golf's Olympic return
Golf returned to the Olympics after more than a 100-year absence in 2016, making for a particularly historic occasion in Rio.
The man who walked away with the gold medal was none other than England's Justin Rose.
Rose had already tasted major success in his career, but it's clear the gold medal meant the world to him – as it should.
Several pros decided to sit out the Olympics, so it was great to see one of the top players in the world help justify its inclusion.
— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) August 15, 2016
Mickelson and Stenson duel at the Open
This year's Open Championship was a particularly memorable one, and the two men who made it so were so were Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson, responsible for one of the greatest final-round duels in golfing history.
Lefty lifted himself and produced some of his best golf in years – but it still wasn't enough.
Mickelson did everything he could with a 65 on the final day, but Stenson simply would not be denied, responding with a 63 and a new 72-hole scoring record to finally get the major he so dearly wanted.
Fifty-one feet to the bottom of the cup.
Henrik Stenson's run at the Claret Jug takes our No. 2 Shot of the Year. https://t.co/qLqoQj50Oa
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 14, 2016
— Rebecca Louise Coles (@Rebecca_L_Coles) July 17, 2016
Henderson beats Ko at Women's PGA
Already a highly-touted rookie, Canadian Brooke Henderson really announced her presence on the world stage at this year's KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
She started her week with a hole-in-one that won her a new car, and ended it with a play-off victory over World No 1 Lydia Ko to win her first major championship – not a bad week for the 18-year-old!
The return of Tiger Woods
The golfing year ended with a bang, as Tiger Woods returned to action after nearly 16 months on the sidelines at the Hero World Challenge.
Even better, Woods played some of his best golf in years at times, at one point going four under through five holes of his third round.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 3, 2016
Even President Trump was paying attention to Tiger's exploits.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2016
Matt Fitzpatrick: Falling short at US PGA Championship ‘hurts a hell of a lot’
Fitzpatrick carded a closing three-over-par 73 to miss out on the play-off between eventual winner Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris by two shots.
Justin Thomas pays tribute to caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay after his US PGA victory
Phil Mickelson’s former bagman gave Thomas a crucial pep talk after he shot 74 on Saturday.
Tommy Fleetwood confident he is ‘coming out the other side’ after dip in form
Fleetwood finished in a tie for fifth at the US PGA Championship.
Emotional Justin Thomas credits his experience for US PGA victory
Thomas also won the 2017 US PGA at Quail Hollow.
Justin Thomas eclipses Will Zalatoris in play-off to claim second US PGA title
The former world number one’s victory equalled the biggest comeback in US PGA history.
Rory McIlroy’s Sunday charge at US PGA Championship ends in disappointment
McIlroy’s closing 68 in Tulsa was followed by him declining to speak to waiting reporters.
Paul McGinley says Tiger Woods deserves better than to be a ‘ceremonial golfer’
The 46-year-old withdrew from a major championship for the first time in his professional career at Southern Hills.
Mito Pereira with three-shot lead at US PGA as Tiger Woods withdraws
It is the first time in his career that Woods has withdrawn from a major.
Matt Fitzpatrick relishing chance at securing first major title
A third round of 67 means Fitzpatrick trails leader Mito Pereira by three shots at the US PGA Championship.
Tiger Woods withdraws from US PGA following his worst round at event
The American made the halfway cut with a shot to spare at Southern Hills, but struggled to a nine-over-par 79 in the third round.